Kevin Fay, Esq., Moderator, Alcalde & Fay, International environmental and energy expert, negotiator of Montreal Accords
As Executive Director of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy and Executive Director of the Business Institute for Sustainability, Kevin Fay is a recognized foremost global environmental policy advocate. Fay is also a well-known businessman and community leader, and an advisor to significant Fortune 100 industries. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alcalde & Fay, in Arlington, Virginia, a public and government affairs firm in the Washington, D.C. area.
Monsignor Hilary Franco, Adviser, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Monsignor Hilary Franco was ordained a priest in Rome at the young age of 22 and received a doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, among other degrees. He served in the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Dominic’s in the Bronx, and Assumption Church in Staten Island.He was also a member of the Board of Editors of “World Mission” magazine and also contributed Biblical articles to the “New Catholic Encyclopedia.He then served in the Diplomatic Corps of the Vatican at the Apostolic Delegation in Washington D.C. and was named an official of the Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See in the Vatican. After two years, he was named Official of the Congregation for the Clergy and was in charge of the English desk for 24 years, which he initiated. He served as Judge of the Interdiocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal and was named Monsignor in 1971 and Prelate of his Holiness in 1981. An active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, he has been the recipient of several international awards which he shared with the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mother Teresa.
Bjorn Lomborg, Ph.D., Keynote, Director, The Copenhagen Consensus, named to “Top 100 Leading International Thinkers”
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. He was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. A visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School, Dr. Lomborg also works with many of the world’s top economists, including 7 Nobel Laureates. His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s “Top 20 Advocacy Campaigns.” He has written many books and is a frequent commentator in renowned print and broadcast media outlets. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
Charles McConnell, Executive Director, Energy and Environment Initiative, Rice University, Under-Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration
Charles D. McConnell is Executive Director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative. A 35-year veteran of the energy industry, McConnell also served as the Assistant Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to that, McConnell was Vice President of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio and spent 31 years with Praxair, Inc. He is a board member of the Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation in North Dakota, a member of the National Coal Council, and has held a number of board positions including chairmanships of the Gasification & Syngas Technologies Council and the Clean Carbon Technology Foundation of Texas.
Mikko Paunio, M.D., Adjunct Professor in General Epidemiology, University of Helsinki
Mikko Paunio, MD, MHS currently holds a cabinet position, Medical Counselor, at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland in environmental health. He is a certified specialist in public health and adjunct professor in general epidemiology at the University of Helsinki. He has worked in many institutions, is the chairman of the national board of radiation safety, and a member of the American Council on Science and Health Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors. He has 40 publications listed in the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and co-authored many papers published in various medical publications.
Benny Peiser, Ph.D., Director, The Global Warming Policy Foundation
Dr. Benny Peiser is the director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) and a social anthropologist. GWPF is the world’s leading think tank that works exclusively on the highly contentious issue of climate change and energy policies. Before directing the GWPF, Dr. Peiser worked as a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He has written extensively on international climate and energy policies. A 10km-wide asteroid, Minor Planet (7107) Peiser, was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union.
Ms. Florence Reed, Founder, Sustainable Harvest International and Partner of Regeneration International
Florence Reed is the Founder of Sustainable Harvest International and Partner of Regeneration International. Reed is a prize-winning thought leader, innovative practitioner, and deeply engaging speaker. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama, has been a delegate to the Opportunity Collaboration, Regeneration International General Assembly and Environmental Laureates Convention, as well as a member of advisory committees for the National Peace Corps Association and Regeneration International.
COI Disclosure: Sustainable Harvest International receives 5% of its income from corporate sponsors. Tomorrow’s Organics provides 3% of SHI’s income.
Joyashree Roy, Ph.D., Bangabandhu Chair Professor, Asian Institute of Technology; Economics, Jadavpur University; Coordinator, Global Change Programme; Lecturer, Muralidhar Girls’ College, Kolkata, India.
Joyashree Roy is the Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University, and a ICSSR national fellow. She was Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at LBNL, Berkeley, USA and has been a chapter author of Global Energy Assessment. She is currently the inaugural Bangabandhu Chair Professor at AIT, Bangkok, and is in IPCC-2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning panel. She is also in the winning team of Prince Sultan Bin Aziz award for water. Roy has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles, authored and edited books.
Richard L. Sweeney, Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Economics, Boston College, Visiting Scholar – Energy Policy Institute, University of Chicago
Richard Sweeney is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, he worked on climate policy design at Resources for the Future, a prominent environmental think tank in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of energy and environmental policy.
COI Disclosure: Richard Sweeney has received no support summing at least $10,000 from an interested party in the past three years, nor does he have any current ties, directly or indirectly to the energy industry. Richard Sweeney has not served in any relevant paid or unpaid positions as officer, director or boardmember.
Rob Threlkeld, Esq., Global Manager, Renewable Energy at General Motors. Purdue University, BA Civil Engineering
Rob Threlkeld is global manager of renewable energy for General Motors, leading the company’s commitment to meet the electricity needs of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
Fritz Vahrenholt, Ph.D., German Politician (SPD), Industrialist and Environmentalist, German Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Electric Utility Executive
Fritz Vahrenholt was one of the founders of the environmental movement in Germany. He is Chairman of the German Wildlife Trust and has served in several public positions with environmental ministries and as a board member of several energy companies. Vahrenholt is also the author of the 2012 bestseller, The Neglected Sun.